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The United Way of Dickinson has launched its 2008-2009 campaign with the theme of "Live United." "Our mission is 'United, we improve people's lives'," said Executive Director Jill Gregoire. Twenty-one agencies have requested funding for a total of $280,000.
The Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center is entering its 30th year of providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homeless families. This year, the United Way of Dickinson has an even more important role in helping to finance the agency because of decreases in federal funding. "We are asking for more assistance from United Way, cities and counties," said the center's Executive Director Darianne Johnson. "Federal funding will continue to be cut. We can't continue to count on those funds in order to survive.
Harvest Home, a division of the Dickinson's St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center Foundation, offers temporary housing to patients and their families while they receive medical care in Dickinson. Harvest Home was started in 1995 with a significant gift to the foundation. Since then, the home continues to rely on donations for operating expenses. One of its major benefactors is the United Way of Dickinson. Jon Hendrickson, Harvest Home committee chairperson, described Harvest Home as having a very warm and comfortable environment.
Cal Lundberg, who served as an infantry rifleman during the Korean Conflict, was reunited with a fellow combat soldier during an Army reunion held Sept. 4-6 in Columbia, S.C. "We were the best of buddies during the Korean War. We hadn't seen each other in 55 years," said Lundberg, who is a retired educator living in Dickinson. Lundberg and his long-time friend, Joseph Weishaupt, Fort Mead, Fla., were awarded a plaque for being reunited after the longest period of time. "When I flew in, he was waiting in the lobby for me. We shed a few tears -- an old duffer like me.
Have you ever wondered how your IQ compares to the general public? Put your brain to the test on Dickinson's first-ever Mensa National Testing Day. Mensa is the largest, oldest and most famous high-IQ society in the world. It is open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test. Mensa International area coordinator Greg Kontz, Dickinson, has scheduled a Mensa test beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Fisher Industries.
Homecoming Week festivities are under way at Dickinson High School, with the finalists being named for king and queen. King finalists are Cole Baker, Kevin Burke, Cole Frenzel, Gregory Hanson and Lucas Hendrickson. Queen finalists are Heather Barber, Haley Deibert, Allaina Lupo, Nicole Messer and Hannah Metz. The senior class nominated 24 candidates for the honor.
The excitement continues to build as Dickinson prepares to host the first-ever "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Championship and Firefighters Steak Cook-off on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, at the Dickinson Recreation Center. Event coordinator Mort Krieg, Dickinson, has worked with the Kansas City Barbecue Society to sanction the barbecue competition. The KCBS is dedicated to promoting barbecue with over 8,000 members world-wide. The KCBS sanctions nearly 300 barbecue contests throughout the United States.
The Dickinson community has a special invitation to participate in the first "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Barbecue Championship and North Dakota Firefighters Steak Cook-off on Sept. 12-13. While the competitions are in progress outside the Dickinson Recreation Center, the public is invited to enjoy the entertainment, crafts and refreshments available indoors. "Listen to the music, come for the beer gardens, the craft show. Bring the family. It's truly a family event," said event coordinator Mort Krieg. "We're asking a $3 admission to get in to listen to the bands.
The Dickinson Volunteer Fire Department is hosting the first-ever North Dakota Firefighters State Cook-off to determine who can prepare the best ribeye steak on a grill. The cook-off is sponsored by the the Dickinson Chamber and Convention's Bureau. This novel cooking competition is being held in conjunction with the "Bar-b-Que from the Heart" -- North Dakota State Barbecue Championship. The firefighters' cook-off is Friday, Sept. 12, while the barbecue championship is Saturday, Sept.